The glass-fronted bookcase entered the English cabinetmakers' repertoire about the mid-17th century, and the bookcase in one form or another has been an indispensable part of the civilized person's home ever since.The 17th century bookcase tended to be a glazed cabinet from plinth to pediment, with square glass panes. The later Stuart period saw the introduction of the bureau bookcase or the secretaire bookcase, where the bookshelves were double-heightened above a desk or cupboard base. Early bureau bookcases often had mirror or blind-panelled door fronts, although these have frequently been replaced with clear glass panes. During the Regency period, the fashion arose for small cabinet bookcases, rarely more than three feet in height, which left the walls clear for hanging prints and pictures, known in the trade as a 'dwarf bookcase'. Such bookcases were sometimes open at the front, others had elegant brass-grille doors, backed by pleated silk. A bookcase without doors is known in the trade as an 'open bookcase'. The revolving bookcase was invented during the 18th century. more...Small enough to stand on the floor beside a chair, it was an ideal companion for the bookworm, and is still being made. A large number of these were made from the 1930s to the 1950s for sale with a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. However in the market place revolving bookcases are scarce.In Australia bookcases tended to follow the fashionable British designs. The finest examples were made in cedar, sometimes veneered with rarer native species. Others, towards the later part of the colonial period, were made of pine, frequently stained or varnished, and featuring the typical Edwardian machine carvings in the pediments and lower door panels.
George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, c. 1800, the upper section with a moulded cornice above two astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a fall flap inlaid with satinwood and ebony, above two short and three long drawers with brass handles, raise
A Georgian mahogany astragal glazed, secretaire bookcase, bureau, the top part with two doors and three interior shelves, the base with pullout shelf, over fold-out door with tooled leather writing surface; the interior with stationery compartments and dra
A fine quality George III flame mahogany bookcase secretaire, the top with two panel glazed doors, arch to the top of each, stepped pediment, enclosing three fitted shelves, the base with four front secretaire enclosing a fitted quality interior with drawe
A Georgian astragal glazed two door bookcase, late 18th / early 19th century, the top part bookcase with three interior shelves; the base with two half drawers over three full size drawers. Height 211 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 52 cm
A Georgian secretaire bookcase, early 19th century, of generous proportions, having an architectural pediment with a pair of navette shaped astragal doors above an extended lower section with a fall front fitted drawer and three further drawers below, all
A George III mahogany library bookcase, circa 1810 the moulded pediment above three Gothic arch astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the lower section with three panelled door cupboards, the central doors to both sections with sliding action
A George III walnut veneered secretaire bookcase, with an elaborate fitted interior to the secretaire compartment including secret drawers. 206 cm high, 107 cm wide, 84 cm deep. Provenance: Purchased from Robert Haines Gallery, Sydney
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase the astragal glazed upper doors with Gothic arched glazing bars, above a secretaire drawer and two panelled doors, bracket feet, 124.5 x 243 x 59 cm Provenance: purchased from Kent Antiques, Melbourne, 4th October
A George III satinwood inlaid mahogany bookcase, circa 1800 having a moulded and inlaid cornice to the top, two thirteen pane astragal glazed satinwood banded doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves, the lower section having two panelled and satinwood b
A George III mahogany bookcase cabinet, fourth quarter of the 18th century. The fret carved swan neck pediment above a stepped cornice, feather banded and strung veneered gothic arched astragal glazed door, the projecting base with arched panel door and in
A good George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1770, with step moulded pediment above astragal glazed doors, the fall front enclosing central cupboard flanked by drawers and pigeon holes, over four graduated drawers with brass drop handles raised on
A fine George III mahogany secretaire bookcase, circa 1775, with overhanging step moulded cornice above astragal glazed door enclosing two adjustable shelves, the lower part with fall front secretaire enclosing twelve drawers and six pigeon holes with flam
Composed George III bureau bookcase with moulded dentille cornice, adjustable shelving enclosed by two glazed astragal doors, inlaid fall front revealing fitted interior, four graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet
A George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, below a pair panel doors. 280 cm high, 110 cm wide, 54 cm deep
A good George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing a satinwood interior, above a pair of panel doors.224 cm high, 119 cm wide, 54 c
A George IV flame mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with a secretaire drawer, the fall with inset leather writing surface above graduated drawers. 218 cm high, 127 cm wide, 57 cm
An exceptional Queen Anne - George I period walnut double-dome bureau bookcase of small proportions, with ogee moulded cornice above a pair of shaped moulded mirrored doors, the mirrors with soft edge bevels and cut with attractive starbursts and crescents
Georgian mahogany secretaire bookcase, the base with three long drawers the secretaire drawer with fitted interior, the bookcase top with intertwining glazed doors with arched sunburst pediment, approx 224 cm high, 107 cm wide, 51 cm deep
A George IV mahogany secretaire bookcase, with a moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors, the lower section with secretaire drawer, below graduated drawers on bracket feet. 223 cm high, 115 cm wide, 54 cm deep
A good late Georgian walnut bureau bookcase of pleasing colour and proportions. The glazed upper section with three adjustable shelves. The fall front revealing pigeon holes in elm with five drawers below on bracket feet. Height 220 cm. Width 115 cm. Depth
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